Protecting Our Loved Ones
A traditional Valentine's Day in Temecula, California usually involves a bouquet of flowers, a box of rich chocolates, and possibly a tennis bracelet, depending on how you celebrate. Our primary concern at Central Security Services is always safety, so we celebrate this holiday in very practical ways. This February, show your loved ones you care by following these tips to keep them safe:
- Check Your Carbon Monoxide Detectors
- Fire Prevention and Preparation
- Heavy Duty Locks for All Exterior Doors
- Garage Door Security
Carbon Monoxide detectors expire every 5 to 7 years, but many people are unaware of this. Check the back of your detectors for the expiration date and replace them if necessary. You can pick up these devices at any home improvement store or you can have them added to your existing home security system so it can be monitored by a dispatch center. Be sure to place carbon monoxide detectors near your bedrooms or any areas where you sleep.
According to the American Red Cross, 60 percent of deaths caused by home fires are in homes that don't have properly functioning smoke detectors. It is recommended that your smoke detectors be tested monthly and the batteries changed annually. Smoke detectors can also be installed with your existing home security system.
Another important safety measure is to put together a fire escape plan and go over it regularly with your loved ones. Be sure your children know what to do in the event of a fire. Firefacts.org is a kid friendly website that can help you teach your family about fire safety.
There are two doors that homeowner often forget to properly secure. The man door to the garage and the door that leads into the main home from the garage. These doors often have flimsy door knob locks that are easily overcome by burglars. They should be considered exterior doors, and ALL exterior doors should be equipped with heavy duty bolt locks. It's important to know that not all bolt locks are strong or well-made. Before purchasing a bolt lock, give your locksmith a call. He will know which bolt locks are the strongest and most durable. He will also be able to advise you on getting a high security strike plate and Don Jo deadbolt wrap-around, which are also a great deterrent to burglars who may try to kick your door in.
The garage is often the weakest link in an otherwise secure home. If your garage door has decorative windows in its top panel, it can be seen as an easy target by thieves. This is because it is common for burglars to smash those windows and use any long tool they can think of to pull the emergency release on your garage door. In the future, avoid purchasing garage doors with windows. In the mean time, it is recommended to tie your garage doors into your home security system for extra protection. Remember to lock that bolt lock on the door that leads from your garage into your home. This way, a criminal who can access your garage will not have the advantage of entering your main house.
This Valentine's Day, show your loved ones you care by taking extra precautions to protect them. Heart shaped boxes full of candy are nice, but only last a day. New smoke detector batteries and bolt locks may seem unromantic, but they show how much you care all year long. Stay tuned for more safety tips brought to you by Central Security Services.
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